Spotted donkey orchid in Deep Creek Conservation Park

 

One of the great joys of walking in Deep Creek Conservation Park is the diversity

of flora you can encounter along the way. Of special note are the native orchids.

There are more than 350 native orchids in South Australia and a

significant number can be found in Deep Creek.

 

Purple Cockatoo Orchid

 

What makes these orchids rather special is that they do not grow on trees or other host plants

as is common but directly in the ground.  Although you’d think this would make them easier to spot

many orchids are easy to miss.  Their small and delicate size means that a keen eye is required.

However, once you know what to look for it is surprising how many you suddenly notice!

 

Spider Orchid (Caladenia Bicalliata)

 

Did you know they are also a good indicator of the health of our environment?

Orchids are sensitive to weeds, soil disturbance, and pests as well as fertilizers

and other chemicals so there presence in our conservation parks is a joy.

 

Sunflower orchid

 

During the past few months our guests have spotted many stunning orchids at different points in

Deep Creek and Newland Head Conservation Parks and we have shown a sample here.

Given our temperate climate and relatively reliable rainfall it is possible to find

orchids in flower on the Fleurieu Peninsula during most months of the year.

 

Blink and you miss it…a Wallpaper Donkey orchid in Deep Creek